Scientology - Through the Door

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Tuesday, 3rd March, 2009 10:14:23am

Name or Alias: Kathryn Smith
Training and/or processing level: Class IV, OTII
Org or location: Los Angeles
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: 18 years
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1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
Then husband was introduced by his friend and we went to Communication classes.

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
Being able to get trained to communicate better. Hope that personal problems could be addressed and fixed. The idea that I could help make the world a better place.

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
Personal internal focus I wished to change.

4. Did you see, experience, or hear about things that didn't seem right while you were in the Church of Scientology? What were they, and what convinced you to set aside your feelings?
Yes. At first, I thought that maybe these were the right things to do to get rid of reactive mind actions.

5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
Very strong personal committment to work towards making a better world.

6. Were you staff or public? If staff, was it at a mission or an org? Were you ever in the Sea Org or OSA? Which unit? If not on staff, did you ever volunteer to 'help out'?
Staff at L.A. Org.

7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
final straw was when my 2nd husband came out from mid-west for auditing and descended back into severe mental illness. he eventually checked himself into USC County Psych Ward for help. The church declared me an SP and stated I must have caused my then husband's problem.

8. Do you think the Church of Scientology needs to change some of its practices? If so, what should be changed? How did those practices affect your life?
The horrible extreme punishments meeted out to staff and public perceived as in lower conditions must be changed. The perception that children are 'all suppresives'. The actions that separate us from the world at large. Why can't they be strong and stand up for their beliefs as all religions must do and practice.

9. If the items you listed in the previous question were changed, would you consider rejoining or staying in the Church of Scientology? If so, why?
No. Too expensive. Too many alterations of Ron's technology have made his original goals unreachable. DM as he is called, should have been declared an SP years ago. he has ruined the technology. Current church practices bleed money forever from those people who choose to stay.

10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
I lost two husbands to the church, both now dead early because of the problems made worse by their treatment in Scientology. I am happy to say that my son and I avoided most of those problems. I did get some help I needed, but at a very high price

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